Corbyn To Outline Plans To Tackle Poverty And Housing Issues

24 August 2017, 05:23

Jeremy Corbyn

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn will issue a call to tackle poverty and inequality head-on during a visit to Glasgow.

He will outline plans to build more housing during a campaign visit to a housing association in the city on Thursday.

The party says it will also reveal figures showing that 66,000 people in Glasgow would benefit from Labour's real living wage.

Mr Corbyn, who visited the Western Isles on Wednesday, will continue his campaign tour of Scotland where he will be joined by Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale.

Speaking ahead of campaigning in Glasgow, she said: "Scotland needs a pay rise, that's why Labour wants a real living wage of £10 an hour.

"That change would benefit 130,000 young people across Scotland, and 66,000 workers in Glasgow.

"The Tories and the SNP have let Scotland down. A Labour government will build a Scotland for the many."

At a rally at Drygate Brewery in the evening Mr Corbyn, is expected to call for an end to the poverty that blights too many lives in the city.

He will say: "Labour is the only party that will end austerity across the UK. We will help pay for that by ending the tax give aways to the super rich and big business.

"Here in Glasgow poverty blights far too many lives and far too many children's lives.

"There are huge endemic health problems and poverty and inequality continues to blight the lives of too many in the city.

"We are committed to a comprehensive approach to ending this national shame.

"Labour will improve and increase housing provision, invest in our people and communities, increase pay at work and improve working conditions, create jobs, and protect our most vulnerable people."

The Labour leader met staff at Harris Tweed Hebrides on Wednesday and addressed a town hall rally in Stornoway to highlight his party's policies for rural areas.

He is expected to visit a series of marginal constituencies north of the border over the next five days, speaking to thousands of voters in seats where SNP MPs have wafer-thin majorities.

Mr Corbyn has said Scottish votes are key to winning a majority Labour government at Westminster.

The party, which surpassed expectations by taking seven Scottish seats in June's general election, is targeting up to 18 SNP constituencies.

The SNP has a majority of 1,003 votes over Labour in the Western Isles and it would take a swing of 3.4% for the seat to change hands.

Commenting on Mr Corbyn's visit, an SNP spokesman said he "simply cannot be trusted to deliver for rural Scotland".

He said: "Jeremy Corbyn's backing for the Tories' hard Brexit, outside the single market and customs union, is set to hit our rural communities hardest.

"Rural areas benefit massively from our membership of the EU, having access to funding, tariff-free trade and a highly-skilled labour market."